Come along for this long walk/hike from Finsbury Park to Highgate. We shall follow a disused railway track that forms now a green corridor to Highgate Wood, an ancient woodland. Highgate Wood dates back to 1600 at least. We shall then cross Waterlow Park towards Holloway where the walk finishes.
Walk length: 8 miles (13 km) approx. linear - The path is smooth with slopes in Highgate.
We are in Central London so you can always drop out and catch up with us at the pub if you wish to do so. We shall stop at The Flask in Highgate for a quick drink before continuing to Waterlow Park.
PARKLAND WALK AND THE FORMER RAILWAY LINE
Stretching from Finsbury Park to Highgate, Parkland Walk has been a nature reserve since 1990. The rare muntjac deer was spotted grazing there. The platforms of the now demolished Crouch End station still remain. The railway was constructed by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway in the 1860s. The line opened in 1867, and closed in 1957 for passengers. It remained open for freight traffic until 1964 and to transfer tube stock between lines until 1970. The line was lifted in 1972. http://www.disused-stations.org.uk
A ghostly man haunting the place has inspired Stephen King's short story 'Crouch End'.
At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at the Coronet, a former 1940s cinema and now a Wetherspoon pub. The nearest underground station is Holloway Road (Piccadilly) at approx. 8 min.
Comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/20970392/Weather_Policy/)-Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/21683392/Walking_Policy/)
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Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day.
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